3D Printing Services

Linebaugh Library System 3D Printing Policy

The library's 3D printer is available to the public to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

Patrons are not permitted to use the library's 3D printer to create objects which are:

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or pose a threat to the well-being of others
  • In violation of the terms of use of the manufacturer of the 3D printer
  • Obscene, sexually explicit or inappropriate for the library environment
  • In violation of a person's intellectual property rights, e.g. the printer may not be used to reproduce objects which are protected by a copyright, patent or trademark

The library reserves the right to review and approve all materials prior to printing. The 3D design may be examined to ensure that designs are compliant with this policy, and are capable of being produced. If there is a problem with a design and/or production, the patron will be informed of the problem(s) and the change(s) needed before the design can be printed.

The library cannot guarantee that a print job will be completed within a particular time frame. The library recognizes that an original design is the property of the designer and will not duplicate that design for someone else.

The library reserves all rights to:

  • Refuse any 3D print request
  • The library cannot guarantee model quality or stability, nor confidentiality of designs
  • Responsibility for removing rafts and supports is up to the user
  • Stop printing a request due to time or printer capabilities
  • Set a limit as to the maximum amount of time a print job may take
  • Charge users for print requests
  • Limit the number of print requests
  • Limit access to 3D printing services to LPLS cardholders

Patrons may use the 3D printer only with the assistance of designated library staff or volunteers. Supervision by library staff or volunteers does not constitute knowledge, or acknowledgement, of any unapparent final use of the 3D product, and the library specifically disclaims any knowledge thereof.

Requirements for submitting a file for 3D printing

  • Eligible patrons must possess a Linebaugh Public Library System card with 3D printing privileges in good standing (no fines >$5.00)
  • All print jobs submitted must comply with the LPLS 3D Printing policy.
  • Only one print request at a time will be accepted. (Print job must be picked up before submitting another print request)
  • A charge of $5.00 per hour with a minimum charge of $1.00 per request. (Notified via email when the item is ready for pick-up). Pay and pick-up your finished request at the circulation desk.
  • Any object left for more than 14 days will become property of LPLS.
  • File must be submitted in .STL file format.
  • Object must be smaller than 7 L x 7 W x 7 H in inches.
  • Object should be oriented to provide best surface down to avoid excess support materials.
  • Maximum print time of 2.5 hours..
  • Printing is done by library staff. Priority printing is given to library programs and events.

File Rejection issues:

  • Object does not comply to LPLS 3D printing policy
  • Object is too large
  • Object is too small
  • Object is too complex
  • Object is not properly designed (will not build in 3D software)
  • Cardholder does not have 3D Printing privilege
  • Cardholder has excessive fines on account (> $5)


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